BLACKFOOTâ€”Saddie Bruderer is a happy 8-year-old. She is a straight A student in the third grade and a talented dancer with the Downtown Dance show team.
Yet there is something about Saddie that sets her apart from her peers and from the rest of the world. Something that makes her one in nine million.
On Aug. 9, 2009 Saddie was diagnosed with Alpha 1 Antitrypsin, the third most common serious genetic disorder in the world. Alpha 1 can result in life-threatening liver or lung disease in children and adults and is the leading cause of liver transplantation in children.
Saddie's condition was caught early after a battle with the flu and rotovirus showed heightened liver levels that did not go down after the illnesses left her system.
"We were very blessed to get such an early diagnosis for Saddie." said her mother, Misti Bruderer.